by jamesc 6/18/2014 9:43:57 AM --
NORFOLK – Northeast Community College will open a portion of its residence halls and student apartments on its Norfolk campus to residents of Stanton County, who were displaced by tornadoes that ravaged the area Monday.
Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president, said the College wants to do what it can to assist the victims who either lost their homes or suffered extensive damage.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents of Stanton County as they deal with this tragic situation. We understand many residents are staying with family and friends, but for those who may not have that opportunity, Northeast Community College will make available several rooms in our residence halls and one floor in a student apartment building, for temporary, short-term housing,” Chipps said.
“We are working with the American Red Cross to assist Pilger and Stanton area residents who suffered significant damage to their homes. These people need to focus on recovery efforts right now rather than having to worry about where they will sleep tonight. The College is here to help residents who need a place to go while they get their affairs in order.”
In addition, residents who seek short-term shelter on campus will be provided vouchers by the College’s food service provider, Chartwells, which will allow them to eat at Hawks Landing in the Northeast Student Center.
Residents who need housing assistance are asked to call the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross in Norfolk at (402) 371-0393.
In addition, proceeds from Northeast Community College’s 31st Annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Basketball Games will be donated to a relief fund set up by Midwest Bank to assist in the recovery efforts in Pilger. “The Hawks Booster Club wants to help in any way we can to assist the victims of this week’s storms,” said Kurt Pytleski, Northeast athletic director. “We encourage others to donate as well.”
The all-star basketball games will be held Friday, June 20, in the Cox Activities Center on the Norfolk campus. The girls game will tip-off at 6 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 8 p.m.
PHOTO ID: Northeast Community College’s Burkhardt and Simon residence halls